Burton in Kendal in 1843
Burton in Kendal is in Lonsdale ward, in the southern part of the county, near the border of Lancashire, 252 miles from the General Post-Office, London, chiefly by railway, on the road from Lancaster to Kendal, about 11 miles from each of those towns.
The parish has an area of 9,170 acres and extends into Kendal ward, and into the hundred of South Lonsdale in Lancashire : the population, in 1831 was 1,931. The township of Burton in Kendal, in which the town stands, had, in 1831, 167 houses, namely 152 inhabited, 14 uninhabited, and 1 building, with a population of 156 families, or 733 persons. The town is well built and has a respectable appearance, although many of the houses are old : there is a good market-place, with a stone cross in the centre.
The church is an old building of plain architecture, with a square tower : there is a meeting-house for Independents. There are some manufactures of linen and canvas in the parish, which employed, in 1831, 44 men in the township of Holme adjacent to Burton in Kendal township : 18 men were employed in manufacture, probably of the same kind, in Burton township. The market, held on Tuesday, was said to be, sixty or seventy years ago, the greatest corn-market in the county : it is now of less importance. There are one or two yearly fairs.
The living is a vicarage, of the clear yearly value of £199, with a glebe-house, in the rural deanery of Kendal, in the archdeaconry of Richmond, in the diocese of Chester. The perpetual curacy of the chapel of Preston Patrick in the parish is of the clear yearly value of £78.
There were in the whole parish, in 1833, nine day-schools of all kinds, with 237 scholars, namely, 36 boys, 37 girls, and 164 children of sex not stated in the return : giving about one in eight of the population under daily instruction. There were also four Sunday-schools, with from 182 to 192 scholars, namely, 55 boys, 57 girls, and from 70 to 80 children of sex not stated ; giving about one in ten of the population under instruction on Sunday.